Akhilesh gives Rs.20 lakh to rape victim's kin

Lucknow, Jan 11 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Friday gave a cheque of Rs.20 lakh to the family of the young woman who died in Singapore after being gang-raped in Delhi.

Yadav told the woman's distraught family in Ballia that although money would never bring her back, it would help sustain them in times to come.

He also assured them that the government was doing its best to ensure women's safety.

"This brave woman has woken up the nation, and state governments are working to ensure better security for women," Yadav said.

The 13th day rituals after the woman's cremation will take place Saturday in Ballia, 380 km from Lucknow.

Residents of Mendwar Kalan village, to which the rape victim belonged, told the chief minister that they wished to see a hospital in the village in the name of the victim.

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